Normally, I’d publish tea reviews on one of two tea review blogs to which I contribute: SororiTea Sisters or the Tea Review Blog. However, since this tea was part of the Jump Start My New Year Tasting Box from Foodzie, I decided to review this tea here on my foodie blog.
This is tea for coffee lovers: Rich, dark, with hints of caramel and dark spice. Pu’er is green tea that’s been sun-ripened, which both mellows its flavor and increases its healthful compounds. These are believed to aid digestion, assist in weight loss and eliminate alcohol toxins.
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What I Think:
It’s no big secret that I love tea. But I don’t love all tea, and I believe I mentioned on my article about the arrival of my Jump Start box that I’m not the biggest fan of Pu-erh. And I’m not. If I had to list my teas in order of preference, Pu-erh may not end up as the last on that list, but it would certainly rate in the bottom three.
That being said, I am slowly developing an appreciation for Pu-erh, as I am finding more and more Pu-erh teas that I’ve actually enjoyed. They weren’t just “drinkable” but actually enjoyable. This Pu-erh from Five Mountains certainly rates as enjoyable.
It is a rich, flavorful Pu-erh (or Pu’er, as Five Mountains calls it) with a beautiful sweetness that tastes similar to caramel. There is also a warmth to this tea with hints of gentle spice. It is earthy and a little brine-y which is often expected in a Pu-erh, but, it is not quite as brine-y as some Pu-erh teas that I’ve tried, and I appreciate that. Some Pu-erh teas can be almost fishy in taste, and it is that fishy taste that makes me not so fond of Pu-erh. I am glad that this is NOT fishy, only a little salty perhaps, and it is a distant flavor that doesn’t disrupt the aforementioned rich caramel-y flavor and spiced tones that I find so enjoyable about this tea. In fact, the hint of salt in the background may actually work to this tea’s favor, accenting the robust flavors of the tea just right.
My Final Thoughts:
This tea is remarkably smooth from start to finish, with no bitterness or astringency. Just sweet, rich flavor that makes the tea an absolute pleasure to sip. If all of my Pu-erh experiences were as positive as this one, I wouldn’t have had to preface this review by saying I’m not a big fan of it, because this is grand!